Realize Bradenton brings people together for shared experiences.
In addition to in-person events, we strive to inform and inspire our communities with stories that help us stay engaged and optimistic. We believe that optimism creates bridges and widens our lens of what is possible.
The “Some Good News” articles, photos, and videos will offer stories that are forward-looking and solutions-focused.
The website encourages residents and visitors to explore local history, public art, and to find authentic places to eat, shop, see, stay, and play in downtown Bradenton.Read More
Realize Bradenton is pleased to share new officers and thank volunteer board members for their service.Read More
This Good News Story written by Jamey Hitchcock is a Realize Bradenton production funded by the Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation. It’s all bricks-and-mortar store fronts as one takes a stroll through downtown Bradenton. People gravitate toward Old Main Street, which is lined with bars and restaurants, new and old alike. […]Read More
By Art Tipaldi Art Tipaldi is currently the Editor of Blues Music Magazine, which was founded in Bradenton, and has been a sponsor and advisor of the Bradenton Blues Festival since it began. He’s been writing about the Blues nationally since 1993, and in 2002, published a book called Children of the Blues, which profiles 49 […]Read More
The Bradenton Blues Festival celebrates the Blues through both music and art. Revealing the art for the year has become a major part of Festival tradition. This art is used for all Festival publicity and appears on the collectable annual merchandise. For the 10th Anniversary of the Bradenton Blues Festival, Bradenton artist Alfredo Garcia was […]Read More
A plaque outside of Roberto Clemente’s spring training room at Pirate City reads, “I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.” Clemente was certainly an incredible ballplayer, but his kind heart and generosity ensured that he has been remembered for giving it all. When the Pittsburgh Pirates made […]Read More